Cooperation with the United Nations is in the center of attention of the Community of Democracies. The United Nations General Assembly, held every year in New York, is the main stage of international politics, the place where the core trends and decisions are being taken, that will shape the world in the upcoming years. Up until 2004 there was no platform bringing together all democratic states participating in the General Assembly. As the UN Watch mentions, “too many democracies have too often adhered to alliances organized around accidents of geography or dated ethnic, third world or cold war groupings”. It was then, when then Community of Democracies understood the urge of such platform and organized the Democracy Caucus, with the participation of more than 80 ministers and UN representatives.
The Democracy Caucus is a meeting place for representatives of democratic states coming to the General Assembly. Together under the leadership of the Community’s Presidency, the participants discuss what they, as representatives of democracy in the global stage, can do to support the democratic principles and promote them at the General Assembly, suggesting and voting together on resolutions that support democracy and human rights, and serving as a block to authoritarian states trying to promote non-democratic practices through the different UN institutions. Their main goal: to promote an agenda of democracy in the UN.
Throughout the years, the Democracy Caucus has already held several meetings, resulting is a variety of decisions and commitments. Many of them can be found on the website of the Council for a Community of Democracies.
The Community’s cooperation with the United Nations is not limited to the organization of a Democracy Caucus. The Community works closely with the UN’s Special Rapporteurs, and the Presidencies of the Community push forward General Assembly Resolutions on themes related to democracy. In 2013, the Mongolian Presidency of the Community passed a resolution on Democracy and Education, which was the theme of the Mongolian Presidency. Nowadays, the Community of Democracies is in dialogue with the United Nations towards receiving the status of Permanent Observer.